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Warrior Wednesday: Lance Cpl. Douglas Pala, a radio operator with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, holds security during a patrol over the Musa Qal’eh Wadi Crossing on December 6, 2011. The wadi crossing allows neighboring villages to conduct trade and travel during the rainy seasons where a river separates the Musa Qal’eh district center from neighboring villages. 

Photo by Cpl. Clayton Vonderahe

A U.S. Marine with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit fires blanks from an M240B machine gun to stop a suspicious vehicle during an embassy reinforcement exercise at a training area near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Oct. 26, 2013. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson, U.S. Air Force/Released)

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4th Marine Regiment during Integrated Training Exercise (HD)  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmfvsm4OFj0

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, conduct the mechanized assault course portion of their Integrated Training Exercise at Range 210 Jan. 23, 2012. The MAC utilized M1A1 Abrams Tanks from 1st Tank Battalion, light armored vehicles from 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance and assault amphibious vehicles from 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, to repel a simulated enemy.

NOW ZAD VALLEY, Afghanistan (Dec. 9, 2009) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Rashad Collians, assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, watches his field of fire in the Now Zad Valley, Afghanistan. Marines and Sailors are clearing the area of Taliban presence so the local population may return to their homes. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel M. Moman/Released)

On one of the Pacific’s picturesque beaches, US Marines wade past a downed Japanese carrier-based dive bomber Aichi D3A ‘Val’ on their way to Agat beach on the island of Guam, 28 July 1944.

On July 21, 1944, the first wave of the Southern Landing Force invaded Guam in Agat. The young men in the assault were part of the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, which consisted of the 4th and 22nd Marine Regiments.

The 4th Marines were to storm onto beaches designated White 1 and 2, establish a beachhead, protect the flank of the brigade, and then proceed to secure Mt. Alifan. The 22nd Marines, after landing at beaches designated Yellow 1 and 2, were to secure Agat Village and drive north and cut off Orote Peninsula.

The battle for the island would last almost three weeks, until oraganised Japanese resistance ended on 10 August and Guam was declared secure. Even so, an estimated 7,500 Japanese soldiers remained 'at large’.

Both the jungles and waters around Guam are still littered today with the wrecks of military hardware left behind from WWII.

Photographer: Paul Dorsey
Image courtesy of the US National Archives and Records Administration